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Joey Sturgis

I had an interesting creative discussion with Joey Sturgis, an entrepreneur and educator,  and a known producer in the rock genre, working with popular acts such as Gold selling Asking Alexandria, Of Mice and Men, and The Devil Wears Prada. When he’s not producing, he is running a business. Joey owns audio recording software companies, Joey Sturgis Tones and Drumforge, and heads an educational mixing site Lastly, he has his own recording community Unstoppable Recording Machine Podcast.

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Joey Sturgis Tones (JST, for short)

How did you build Joey Sturgis Tones?

Joey Sturgis Tones came about in 2014 with the introduction of my flagship plugin, Gain Reduction. Gain Reduction was introduced as a simple solution to give everyone my signature vocal sound, as can be heard on all of my work with bands like Asking Alexandria, We Came As Romans & dozens more. Over the past 2 years, half a dozen other plugins have been introduced based on feedback from the audio community, and built around the notion that professional-quality sound can be achieved without the traditional “professional-quality” price tag associated with most plugin manufacturers. I’ve designed the plugins around problems I encountered in the studio, and I gave them designs that any musical or creative person could understand, rather than requiring extensive audio knowledge to use. I wanted to break down technical barriers between artist and production. CONTINUE READING

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The Chordaes
Singer-songwriter and lead vocalist Leo Sawikin is paying tribute to his childhood idols Brian Wilson and Carole King with his latest track Get The Feeling.  Fronting the NYC act called The Chordaes, the band just released the album Touch The Ground and sound like seasoned pros that just came off the road opening for the Stones for a year.

With college radio airplay and love from Earmilk,  BlackBook, and Deli Magazine, the emerging rock outfit is set to take off. The band will perform a one-night-only at NYC’s the Bitter End on 6/7.

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Coming from North London, and going under the name SeakerKiran Hungin shows us a moody and emotional side of indie pop with track After I’m Gone. Crafting all her songs in a home-studio without any outside influences gives that rawness and edge.

The electro pop songstress has been covered in Press Play OK, Drunken Werewolf, Purple Melon, and others. Kiran is currently writing songs and preparing for a new EP.

Although little is known of this emotionally scattered creator, I have a feeling Seaker will grown in popularity as time moves on.


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Night Lights

Kings favorite Night Lights are back with a new track Gimme which comes off the new EP Expectations out June 3rd.  Mau notes “’Gimme’ compares the frustration the protagonist feels for asking a girl out to dance with the helpless feeling of two people floating side by side in space.”

The Los Angeles based indie rock act inspired by the likes of Mutemath and Two Door Cinema Club began making noise early in the year with the two track Childish and Take My Hand which earned them praise from EarMilk, PopMatters, Baeble Music, Indie Shuffle, and of course Yours Truly.

Having landed on the Viral 50 Global and Viral 50 US Spotify charts, Night lights which are made up of with members from Mexico, Japan, California, and Norway, could become the next indie staples.

Catch these boys at the Lyric Theatre in LA on 6/2/.

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Coming out of sleepy Charleston, I’m feeling the psych-indie rock act Beach Tiger. The indie rock quartet is fresh on the scene, yet their two song releases have already garnered 30k SoundCloud streams, and music blogs such as Indie Shuffle, Hillydilly, and The Wild Honey Pie are loving the band.

Getting in touch with the band has been a bit tough as they have been holed up in studio all week with little sleep, but I am expecting big things from Beach Tiger. Check out the track Mind Make.

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